Who should kids be looking up to today? Definitely not Miley Cyrus and Justin Beiber, according to a new survey. The celebrities are at the top of a list of the worst role models for kids released by What To Do With The Kids (WTDWTK), a website offering up activity suggestions for parents.
What a difference a year makes for Beiber. In 2011 and 2012 the teen heartthrob was voted the top role model for boys. Fighting with the paparazzi, peeing in a bucket in a restaurant, smoking marijuana and posing naked with only a guitar covering his “little beiber” pushed him over to the worst role model list. Cyrus skyrocketed from last year’s No. 5 spot to the No. 1 spot of worst role model for girls faster than, well, Miley twerking at an awards show.
Boyfriend-hating songstress Taylor Swift, who is one of the few teen pop stars to wear classy clothing on stage, soars at the top of the best role models for girls list. Boy band One Direction exudes Beattles charm and is in the top spot for boys.
To create the list, WTDWTK invited readers to submit their best and worst role models for both boys and girls. The site received 823 submissions.
Check out the complete list in the slideshow above.
Do you agree with the list? Who’s missing in the best and worst categories? If dad made the list, why not mom? And why isn’t dad in the No. 1 spot?